Institute of Technology
| The exploration
of intelligence by means of the synthetic approach is, by now, fairly well
established as a discipline. The objective is to understand the nature
of natural intelligence by building working models of intelligent agents.
To the degree that these models successfully demonstrate intelligent behavior,
we have a basis for analyzing the underlying mechanisms and drawing conclusions
with some confidence.
Our approach is generally based on the concepts of Behavior-based Agents (also called Embodied Cognitive Science). These include:
The main thrust of the lab at the present is the study of adaptive behavior in an embodied robot called MAVRIC. This robot learns to associate various cue events in its world (situated) with the availability of resources (food) or the presence of danger (poison). This research was funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (IIS-9907102) and in part by a grant from the College of Arts & Sciences, Western Washington University.